The Voice of Rural Health!
M I S S I O N
MRHA is a non-profit, membership organization missioned to strengthen the health, health care and well-being of rural Minnesotans through leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.
V I S I O N
MRHA is the leading coordinating and advocacy organization for strengthening health and health care for rural Minnesotans.
NEW MRHA Sends Letter To Governor, DHS Urging Reinstatement Of South Country, UCare
(Sept. 2015) The Minnesota Rural Health Association, on behalf of rural Minnesotans enrolled in state health care programs, sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner, Lucinda Jesson, urging them to reinstate two important rural health plan options that had been dropped through a DHS competitive bidding process. "The process, which intended to save millions of dollars, apparently overlooked the significant rural outreach efforts of South Country Health Alliance and UCare," said MRHA executive director, Steve Gottwalt. "If the competitive bidding results are allowed to stand, both plans would no longer be available to enrollees in Minnesota's Prepaid Medical Assistance (PMAP) and MinnesotaCare programs for 2016." Thousands of mostly rural Minnesotans would be forced to find another place to get their health care, and both health plans would be in jeopardy of closing their doors. There is no indication DHS intends to reverse its decision at this time. The Minnesota Rural Health Association is missioned to help improve rural health and healthcare through leadership, education, advocacy and collaboration.
NEW College of St. Scholastica Breaks Ground On New Health Sciences Building In Duluth
(Sept. 2015) The College of St. Scholastica ceremonially broke ground Aug. 26 on a new building to house some of its growing graduate health science programs. The Health Science Pavilion at BlueStone, 940 Woodland Ave., will be St. Scholastica’s first-ever academic building in Duluth that’s not on the main campus. The three-story, 45,000 sq. ft. building will sit on a three-acre site about a mile from the main St. Scholastica campus. The Health Science Pavilion will house classrooms and laboratories for St. Scholastica’s new Physician Assistant program and expanded Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs. It will open for classes in fall 2016. This fall’s classes begin Sept. 8. St. Scholastica’s overall enrollment is expected to exceed 4,100 students, with approximately 1,800 in traditional undergraduate programs and 2,300 in graduate, extended, and online programs.
MRHA Welcomes National Rural Health Association Conferences July 14-17
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is holding its annual Leadership Conference and Rural Quality and Clinical Conference this week in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) is pleased and proud to welcome our colleagues from across the country to the great state of Minnesota! Those who traveled furthest to get here are our colleagues from Hawaii. The exchange of ideas and best practices has been outstanding! Never before have we needed so many locally responsive and collaborative efforts to manage change and strengthen rural health and healthcare.
We need you on the team: Join the MRHA today by clicking on "About MRHA" above.
MRHA Celebrates Record-Setting Minnesota Rural Health Conference
MRHA thanks all who joined the Minnesota Rural Health Association team during the most successful Minnesota Rural Health Conference ever! More than 600 people participated in the June 29-30 conference at the DECC in Duluth - a record for this event! Our theme was "Partnerships In Progress" highlighting both the issues and how working together is making a positive difference toward improving rural health and healthcare. Hundreds of you proudly wore stickers proclaiming "I'm an MRHA Rural Health Advocate" and we'd like to make that a reality. As noted at the conference: If you were there, you need to become a member of the Minnesota Rural Health Association - The Voice of Rural Health! We represent a wealth of resources, connections and opportunities to positively impact rural health.
We need you on the team! Become an MRHA member:
Fill out the official MRHA Membership form (Downloadable PDF) and return it with your membership fee to:
Minnesota Rural Health Association
P.O. Box 421
Waite Park, MN 56387
MRHA Rural Health Report to the Minnesota Legislature:
The State of Minnesota Rural Health 2015 (Downloadable PDF)
MRHA 2015 Legislation Summary:
MRHA - 2015 Legislation Summary (Downloadable PDF)